Saturday, December 31, 2011

Time Magazine 2011 Person of the Year

Drum roll please...

Time Magazine, true to year end tradition, has named the 2011 person of the year. And the winner is - YOU!

Yes, in recognition of the growing phenomenon of uprisings around the world, including USA, Time has correctly identified the greatest influence reshaping our world - YOU the protester.

As Time stated:

No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square in a town barely on a map, he would spark protests that would bring down dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and rattle regimes in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain. 

Or that that spirit of dissent would spur Mexicans to rise up against the terror of drug cartels, Greeks to march against unaccountable leaders, Americans to occupy public spaces to protest income inequality, and Russians to marshal themselves against a corrupt autocracy.Protests have now occurred in countries whose populations total at least 3 billion people, and the word protest has appeared in newspapers and online exponentially more this past year than at any other time in history.

Is there a global tipping point for frustration? 

Everywhere, it seems, people said they'd had enough. They dissented; they demanded; they did not despair, even when the answers came back in a cloud of tear gas or a hail of bullets. They literally embodied the idea that individual action can bring collective, colossal change. And although it was understood differently in different places, the idea of democracy was present in every gathering. The root of the word democracy is demos, "the people," and the meaning of democracy is "the people rule." And they did, if not at the ballot box, then in the streets. America is a nation conceived in protest, and protest is in some ways the source code for democracy — and evidence of the lack of it.  read entire story

In simple terms, people collectively got sick and tired of being sick and tired. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr:

A man can't ride your back unless it's bent. 

On the behalf of the HGP family, Happy New Years and god bless! 

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